Steinbeck, John

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John Steinbeck was the third of four children and the only son born to John Ernst — a school teacher — and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. Steinbeck won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.”

|  27th February 1902, Salinas, California.
|  20th December 1968, New York.

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) won the Pulitzer Prize and is considered Steinbeck’s masterpiece. It is now firmly part of the American literary canon; in the first 75 years of its publication, it has sold at least 15 million copies (and god knows how many copies have been loaned from libraries and downloaded as free PDFs).


REFERENCES

Steinbeck, J. (1937). Of Mice and Men. New York: Covici Friede.

Steinbeck, J. (1939). The Grapes of Wrath. New York City: The Viking Press/James Lloyd.

Steinbeck, J. (1939). East of Eden. New York City: The Viking Press.


Oh, American Gothic
I think of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.” Quite why, I dunno, but I do.
John Steinbeck's signature
“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.
 
And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.
 
And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
 
This is what I am and what I am about.”

John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”


Source: Sparknotes. (2010). Of Mice and Men. Retrieved from http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/micemen/

My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.

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This is Steinbeck’s most popular work; I’d go for Grapes of Wrath though!!

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BOOKS OF FICTIONNON-FICTION BOOKS


I was dead, deader than dead because, I was still alive.
Ways of Escape ~  
“I was dead, deader than dead because, I was still alive.”
The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables written in English by the Lebanese-American poet and writer Kahlil Gibran. The Prophet has been translated into over 100 different languages, making it one of the most translated books in history. Moreover, it has never been out of print.
The Prophet ~
“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.”
The Essential Rumi, by Rumi ~ e.g. ~ “Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
The Essential Rumi ~  “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
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Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986) was a French writer, philosopher and political activist. She is known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.
The Second Sex
1984
1984
Delta of Venus
Delta of Venus
A Room of one's own
A Room of One’s Own
War and Peace is the 1869 novel by Russian author Leo Tolstoy. It is regarded as a classic of world literature. (The novel chronicles the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families.) Tolstoy said War and Peace is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle." Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel.
War and Peace
Brave New World (1932) is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley. Set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist (one Bernard Marx). In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World at number five on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th c.
Brave New World
Beloved is a 1987 novel by the late American writer Toni Morrison. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 and, in a survey of writers and literary critics compiled by The New York Times, it was ranked the best work of American fiction from 1981 to 2006. The work, set after the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865, was inspired by the life of Margaret Garner, an African American who escaped slavery by crossing the Ohio River to Ohio, a free state. Garner was subsequently captured and decided to kill her infant daughter rather than have her taken into slavery.
Beloved
Moby~Dick
The Grapes of Wrath

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